Hawai‘i was assured a place in the history of stem cell research in 1998 when Ryuzo Yanagimachi, a professor of anatomy and reproductive biology at the University of Hawai‘i, was the first to clone a mouse15 months after the cloning in Scotland of Dolly the sheep. A decade later, Hawai‘i passed legislation that permitted research using human embryonic stem cells, human embryonic germ cells, and human adult stem cells from any source, including somatic cell nuclear transplantation, provided that such research be conducted with full consideration of the ethical and medical implications and reviewed by an approved institutional review board. In addition to making embryonic stem cell research legal, Hawai‘ian law also requires that health care providers make available information sufficient for a patient undergoing ...

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